Don't Overpay - 6 of the Best Brands of Vodka for around $10

Saving money on vodka is a tricky subject because it is very easy to get a really bad and cheap vodka. There are many brands that cost around $10 for a 750 ml bottle and some are considerably better than others. Those listed below, depending on the market, will only cost you about $10.

Most vodkas that go for the $10, like McCormick, Popov and Hawkeye. Unless you use a filtering system of your own like the Vodkastick or want an enormous hangover tomorrow, I recommend you stay away from those. The cost savings is not worth it.

Liqueur Spotlight - Getting To Know Your Liqueurs/Cordials

In celebrating "National Liqueur Day" on October 16th, let's get to know a little more about that classification of alcohol - Liqueurs, also known as 'Cordials', which is the more widely used term in Europe. 'Liqueur' is used in the USA. The basic definition of a liqueur or cordial is "a sweet and syrupy product made from a base spirit, i.e. vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, and brandy. It is made by infusing fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and other naturally occurring products in the environment into a base spirit, therefore, lowering the alcohol content during distillation.

Cocktail Spotlight - Fall Cocktails From Raise Your Spirits

As promised, below are some cocktails from my Fall cocktail menu that I will be using for parties and events as well as at home this Fall. These are perfect conconctions for the Fall when the air becomes crisp and you need a light jacket.

My Top 5 Bourbon Cocktails Of All-Time, Pricing Guide, And Classifications

As Bourbon Heritage Month comes to a close, this will be my final post on the subject. I'm sure many of you are ready to move on to other exciting things. Today, I am giving you my top 5 favorite bourbon cocktails (in no particular order) with tasting notes along with my favorite brands with pricing and category classification (call (very good) vs. premium (high-end/expensive) vs. ultra/super-premium (top of the line/very expensive)). Pricing as of September 26, 2014. Some of these you may not be able to get your hands in PA.

More Great Bourbon Cocktails From The Archives

A post to end the week as a part of the continuing series of the obscure and mysterious cocktails that involve misunderstood, American spirit - Bourbon. Look for more posts like this in the coming weeks and the celebration of Vodka and Liqueurs/Cordials in October. Don't forget to follow me on facebook, twitter, and google plus for all posts and the happenings at 'Raise Your Spirits'.


Kentucky Maid

Flavor Profile: Minty, Sweet

Great Bourbon Cocktails Of the Season

Enjoy these great contemporary bourbon cocktails in celebrating Bourbon Heritage Month. Try one at home or let 'Raise Your Spirits' mix one up for you at your next scheduled event or party this season. Who said that bourbon can't be appealing in a cocktail? For those of you who don't like bourbon, these concoctions will change your mind and are perfect for the cool, Fall weather. Tender Knob pictured above.

Tender Knob

Flavor Profile: Fruity/Citrus-forward, Sweet

National Bourbon Heritage Month - Bourbon Debunked

In August of 2007 the United States Senate declared that September be recognized as National Bourbon Heritage Month. While this may not have much impact with the average consumer, it is an honor for the craftsmen in the bourbon industry. The designation is designed to celebrate "America's Native Spirit" and the significant historical, economical and industrial role the bourbon industry has played in the country's history.

Classic And Contemporary Bourbon Cocktails

The Classics


Classic Manhattan

The classic usually calls for a blended or rye whiskey, but I prefer it with bourbon.

  • 2.5 oz Maker's Mark bourbon or high quality/call bourbon
  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters

Prep - Fill a mixing glass with ice halfway. Add ingredients. Stir gently for about 20 seconds each direction. Strain using a Julep Strainer into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Garnish A stemmed cherry or lemon twist.

Cocktails By Michael (Part 3)

After a short hiatus from this cocktail post, I am offering up some more exquisite, classic cocktails from the  dusty archives. These are cross-over cocktails, which means they can be served and sipped during late summer and fall months. An added feature to these recipes are tasting notes and history.

Just For Mary

Fruity and spicy